Wednesday, October 9, 2019

TheList 5116

The List 5116 TGB

To All,

A bit of history and some tidbits.



Today in Naval History

October 9

1814 Sloop of war USS Wasp informs crew on the Swedish brig Adonis that she is headed to the Caribbean but is never seen again, with all hands lost.

1873 Lt. Charles Belknap calls a meeting of 15 officers at the U.S. Naval Academy to establish the U.S. Naval Institute for the purpose of disseminating scientific and professional knowledge throughout the Navy.

1918 While escorting the British transport ship HMS Aquitania, USS Shaw's (DD 68) rudder jams just as she is completing the right leg of a zigzag, leaving her headed directly toward the transport. Aquitania then strikes Shaw, cutting off 90 feet of the destroyer's bow, mangling her bridge and setting her on fire. Shaw's crew brings her under control, though 12 lives are lost.

1940 Secretary of the Navy William F. Knox approves recommendation to equip 24 submarines with gasoline for delivery to seaplanes on the water. The move followed a demonstration in which submarine Nautilus (SS 168) refueled patrol planes and conducted successful test dive to 300 feet with aviation gasoline aboard.

1942 The first three schools for enlisted WAVES open at Stillwater, Okla. (Yeoman), Bloomington, Ind. (Storekeepers), and Madison, Wis. (Radiomen).

1943 USS Buck (DD 420) sinks after being torpedoed by German submarine U 616. Spotted by friendly aircraft the next morning, 97 survivors are rescued by USS Gleaves (DD 423) and the British LCT-170 the following evening.

1943 USS Kingfish (SS 234) torpedoes and sinks Japanese oiler Hayamato in Sibitu Channel. Also on this date, USS Rasher (SS 269) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Kogane Maru 28 miles from Ambon, while USS Wahoo (SS 238) sinks Japanese cargo ship Hankow Maru off Oga Peninsula.

1945 Typhoon Louise hits Okinawa, sinking 12 ships, grounding 222 and damaging 32 beyond the ability of ships companies to repair.

1952 Carrier aircraft strike communist troops along the front lines in the Korean Peninsula. Naval aviators referred to these raids as "Cherokee strikes" in recognition of the Native American ancestry of Commander Seventh Fleet Vice Adm. Joseph J. Clark.

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Executive Summary:

• The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. is imposing visa restrictions on Chinese officials linked to abuse of Muslim minority groups in western China.

• U.S. warships are drilling in the Mediterranean as part of the first coordinated deployment between the 2nd and 6th fleets, reports Stars and Stripes.

• The Washington Post reports on a whistleblower's accusations against Huntington Ingalls Industries, while Bloomberg reports another delay to DDG 1000 delivery with full combat capability pushes the program six years behind schedule.

Today in History October 9

28 BC

The Temple of Apollo is dedicated on the Palatine Hill in Rome.


Henry VI of England restored to the throne.


Austrian and Russian troops enter Berlin and begin burning structures and looting.


The Luddite riots being in Manchester, England in reaction to machinery for spinning cotton.


Americans begin shelling the British surrounded at Yorktown.


The first Norwegian immigrants to America arrive on the sloop Restaurationen.


Confederate cavalry raiders return to Chattanooga after attacking Union General William Rosecrans' supply and communication lines all around east Tennessee.


The Washington Monument, designed by Robert Mills, opens to the public.


Germans take Antwerp, Belgium, after 12-day siege.


In Marseilles, a Macedonian revolutionary associated with Croat terrorists in Hungary assassinates King Alexander of Yugoslavia and French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou. The two had been on a tour of European capitals in quest of an alliance against Nazi Germany. The assassinations bring the threat of war between Yugoslavia and Hungary, but confrontation is prevented by the League of Nations.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt requests congressional approval for arming U.S. merchant ships.


Eugene O'Neill's play The Iceman Cometh opens at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York.


Harvard Law School begins admitting women.


U.N. forces, led by the First Cavalry Division, cross the 38th parallel in South Korea and begin attacking northward towards the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.


The president of South Korea, Doo Hwan Chun, with his cabinet and other top officials are scheduled to lay a wreath on a monument in Rangoon, Burma, when a bomb explodes. Hwan had not yet arrived so escaped injury, but 17 Koreans--including the deputy prime minister and two other cabinet members--and two Burmese are killed. North Korea is blamed.


Last flight of the Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" stealth reconnaissance aircraft.


North Korea reportedly tests its first nuclear device.


Meteorite crashes into Chevy Malibu »


Che Guevara is executed


From: Carl


"We toast our faithful comrades

Now fallen from the sky,

And gently caught by God's own hand

To be with Him on High.

"To dwell among the soaring clouds

They knew so well before,

From dawn patrol and victory roll

At heaven's very door.

"And, as we fly among them there,

We're sure to hear their plea,

'Take care my friend: Watch your six,

And do one more roll–just for me.' "…


Thanks to Carl

October 5, 2019

Clint sets the record straight

By Caroline Rausch

America has another hero apart from Donald Trump who detests the fake media and shames it — Clint Eastwood — who has made a movie about an ordinary man who turned out to be a real hero, Richard Jewell. During the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, 34-year-old Jewell was working security when he discovered a suspicious package. Risking his own life, Jewell evacuated the area before the bomb went off. One person was killed in the blast and dozens injured. Were it not for Jewell's bravery and instincts, the death toll would have been unthinkable.


These are both enjoyable

Thanks to Walt and Mud


"That's Entertainment". A very enjoyable watch.

You'll enjoy watching this. It'll bring back a lot of memories for those in my generation, and probably a lot of the younger who watch old movies on TV. Frankly I much prefer the old movies.


Quotes from 100 old movies


Bob Hayes, World's Fastest Human

September 24, 2019

For many years the world's fastest human was Bob Hayes, the only man to win Olympic gold medals and a Super Bowl ring, and to hold world records in the 60, 100, and 220-yard dashes and the Olympic 100-meter dash at the same time. In the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964, he won the Olympic championship in the 100 meter dash in 10 seconds flat, which tied the world record. Five days later, he ran anchor in the finals of the Olympic 440 meter relay. The fastest man on a relay team runs last, so in the anchor leg, he took the baton from Dick Stebbins in the passing zone about five yards sooner than usual. He received the baton in fifth place, 112 yards from the finish line and saw the United Nations in front of him. First, he had to catch Jamaica. Then, he had to catch Russia, then Poland and then France. In 8.7 seconds, Bob Hayes ran the second fastest 110 meters of all time. Usain Bolt gets credit for an electronically-timed 8.65 seconds, but he did not run on the much-slower cinder track or get hand-times, as Bob Hayes did.

Jesse Owens, the 1936 four-time Olympic gold medalist, was sitting in the stands next to Hayes' mother, Mary, during that anchor leg of the 400-meter relay that is one of the most incredible performances in Olympic history. It sends chills up and down my spine to watch the films. The Olympic hero came home to an adoring crowd.

Hayes went on to play in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, where he gained more than 1000 yards that season and led the NFL in yards per catch (21.8) and receiving touchdowns (12). He was so fast that opposing teams had to play zone defense against him because no one man could cover him when he went out for a pass. He accomplished all this after coming from a miserable childhood in poverty. He told a reporter, "I didn't have a normal teen-age life. It was hard and tough . . . pool halls and shoeshine parlors. Even with church on Sunday. It was the fast lane on street corners with my dad."

Bob Hayes Was a Great Human Being

In 1964, the fastest man in the world at 200 meters was not Bob Hayes; it was Henry Carr, who won the U.S. trials that spring to make the Olympic team in the 200 meter race. However, the bungling U.S. Olympic track and field committee cancelled the results of these trials and made all Olympic track and field candidates compete again in the summer in a second trial in Los Angeles. At that time, Carr was not training for peaking, so he finished fourth and therefore failed to make the Olympic team since only the first three qualify. Hayes, who had already qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in the 100, finished third in the 200-meter race, qualifying for a place also in the 200 meter race. In an incredible act of kindness, Bob Hayes gave up his spot on the 200-meter team to Henry Carr. Carr was added to the 1964 U.S. Olympic team only by Bob Hayes' generosity. Carr was so grateful to Hayes that he trained twice a day and went on to Tokyo to win the 200 meter race in an Olympic record 20.3 seconds.

#2 Bob Hayes | Top 10: Fastest Players | NFL Films -

Flat Feet and Running Speed

Hayes was born with flat feet. His doctors told his mother that flat feet could prevent him from being able to walk normally, so they put casts on both of his feet to help straighten them out. Several newspaper articles reported incorrectly that putting casts on Bob Hayes feet at an early age was what allowed him to become such a fast runner. These articles should have stated that Hayes went on to become the world's fastest human in spite of being abused by some unknowing physicians who almost ruined his athletic career by putting casts on the world's strongest feet. This nonsense about flat feet slowing you down has been perpetuated by members of the medical profession and during World War II, flat feet would have kept you out of the army, but many studies show that runners who have the flattest feet suffer the fewest sports injuries (Archives of Family Medicine, July 1993;21:64), while those with the highest arches suffer the most injuries, particularly the very common knee cap pain called runner's knee (Clin J Sport Med, 2007; 17:437-45) because the feet of runners with high arches hit the ground without rolling inward to increase the impact of the foot hitting the ground (Foot Ankle Int, 1995; 16:624-32).

When you run, you land on the outside bottom of your feet and roll inward to absorb the hard shock of your foot striking the ground. This is called pronation and is good for you. Most people who have flat feet have normal arches. Their feet appear flat because they have flexible ankles that allow their feet to roll so far inward that their arches touch the ground, so you can't see them. The more you roll in, the greater the shock absorption and protection from injury. People with flat feet are often fast runners because rolling in allows their feet to press harder on the ground to send them forward with greater force. Almost all of the world's great sprinters have flat feet.

Life After Football for an Olympic Champion

Hayes retired from professional football in 1976 and was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame later that year. He had some problems with alcohol and drugs, spent 10 months in jail and was hospitalized three times. In his 50s, he moved back to Jacksonville to live with his parents, but his substance abuse problems continued and he required rehabilitation programs three times after his retirement. He said, "I've got five generations of alcoholics in my family. Alcoholism is powerful and fatal. I was out there, going nowhere, trying to find a solution. I just had to grow up." After being brought to an emergency room for drunkenness, he was told that his drinking had already damaged his heart, liver and kidneys. He was also diagnosed with prostate cancer that had spread through his body. Surgery and radiation failed to control the cancer. He spoke like a very old man, coughed incessantly, couldn't walk unassisted, and his legs twitched all the time. On September 18, 2002, at age 59, he died of kidney failure, liver failure and heart failure. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame seven years after his death.

Ten Percent of U.S. Adults Will Become Alcoholic If They Drink At All

Alcoholism is often genetic and runs in families. People who have a parent or sibling who is an alcoholic are four times more likely to become alcoholics themselves. Alcoholics do not have to drink, but if they take in any amount of alcohol, they have an overwhelming need to keep on drinking. Alcoholics who want to avoid drinking are best off keeping away from friends who drink, avoiding events that serve alcohol, and never keeping alcohol in their presence.


Alcohol is a Poison

Your liver removes up to 98 percent of the alcohol in your bloodstream, and the other two percent passes out through your kidneys, lungs or sweat. Most of the alcohol you drink is broken down by your liver into an even stronger poison called acetaldehyde. If your liver is healthy, it will break down acetaldehyde into harmless acetate which is easily converted to harmless carbon dioxide and water. Your liver can break down 10 to 15 grams of alcohol per hour, which is 2/3rds of a shot glass of hard liquor, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 12- ounce beer. Most doctors recommend that you never take more than two drinks of alcohol in any given day.

Alcohol can damage every cell in your body. In particular, it damages your brain, heart, liver, pancreas and your immune system to cause dementia, heart attacks, irregular heartbeats, inability to fight infections, liver cirrhosis and cancer. Women who drink during pregnancy are at increased risk for giving birth to deformed babies. Alcoholism can reduce life expectancy by around ten years (NEJM, 2014;371(22):2109–13) and the most common cause of death in an alcoholic is a heart attack or heart failure (Arh Hig Rada Toksikol, Dec 2006;57(4):413–26). More than 50 percent of suicides are associated with alcohol or drug dependence.

A Lesson from Bob Hayes's Young Death

Anyone who cannot stop drinking after one drink should not be drinking at all and should not keep alcohol where it is readily available.

Many people have the mistaken belief that it is safe and even beneficial for women to take one drink per day and for men to take up to two drinks per day. Almost 30 percent of North Americans drink more than that. Whatever decision you make about your own consumption of alcohol, do not base it on bad information promoted by the alcoholic beverage industry. If you see a study reporting benefits of alcohol or any other products that you can buy, always look to see if the sellers of these products funded the research. Many questionable studies have been sponsored by companies and people who want to sell you beverages, foods, supplements, and even prescription drugs. Be skeptical — question everything. See How Much Alcohol is Safe?

Alcohol Has No Health Benefits

Bob Hayes

December 20, 1942 – September 18, 2002


Thanks to Paul

Video features Former Northrop Grumman Vice President explaining why the F-14 Tomcat was the Ultimate Fighter



Thanks to Dutch

Israeli blood cancer treatment could also kill solid tumors - new study | The Jerusalem post

thanks to Tam



Israeli blood cancer treatment could also kill solid tumors - new study


Israel's revolutionary CAR-T cancer treatment, which has proven successful in treating the blood cancer leukemia, might now also be effective in killing solid tumor cells coated in specific antibodies, according to research published this month in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

The study was led by Dr. Yaron Carmi of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine.

Carmi told The Jerusalem Post that chemotherapy is currently the most common treatment for fast-growing, solid tumors. However, chemotherapy attacks healthy cells and tumors at the same time, causing serious side effects, such as hair loss, nausea, mood changes, pain, anemia and nerve and muscle problems, as well as heart and kidney issues.

"Immunotherapy, on the other hand, is a type of biological therapy that uses the body's own immune system to seek out and destroy cancer cells," he explained.

A Tel Aviv University release explained that CAR T-cell therapy is a form of immunotherapy that uses altered T cells to fight cancer. T cells are a type of lymphocyte, or white blood cell, that play a central role in the immune response (The "T" is for thymus, where the cells mature). T cells are collected from the patient and modified in the lab to produce structures called CARs on their surface. These Chimeric Antigen Receptors allow the T cells to attach to a specific antigen on the tumor cells and kill them.

Engineered T cells have been proven successful in treating blood cancer, but attempts to use them to fight solid cancers have been disappointing.


On the subject of Aircraft designs copied by Russia and china

From Skip===The first one of these I remember was the Russian copy of the B-29. A B-29 had made an emergency landing in Russia in late WWII and the crew had a heck of a time getting out. They did not release the aircraft and a couple years later they had one of those Aircraft flyovers at their May Day celebration and there were a flight of B-29s all copies of the one they had kept.

Thanks to Glen

from Mark: (thought you might like this commentary)

My first glimpse of aircraft copies was in early 80s when I saw the "new" then Soviet Il-76. They'd routinely land in Greece. It was very much like the C-141. Even the funny cone at the top of the t-tail.

Vehicles too. China copied the Humvee. And I mean even the flaws were copied. The front grill, for example, of older Humvees was just adapted from an existing AM General truck and not ideal for the Humvee. It was later changed. China copied the old one. Right down to the rivets and even the AM General logo was "Sino-ized".

But one of my favorite examples of China's blatant copies, was of some Raytheon missiles. While working for Raytheon I'd routinely represent the products at trade shows. We'd showcase missiles (models of) and the Chinese would get up close to the models and snap tens of pictures using cell phones and then try to record your conversations with visitors. Very blatant, very obvious, to the point we'd make up crazy stuff to say like "oh this? The TOW-2A? Oh yes, it is hyper-sonic, Mach 3.5 capable, at night in the rain, has a hybrid propulsion system capable of 30-40km range, is invisible to any radar and can also be used against long as they're not blue-colored ships." On and on we'd go as they'd frantically scribble down notes. Obviously none of this was true.

The US Army, our main TOW customer, later asked us to "knock it off" because word was getting back to them somehow and it was considered "unethical" by someone higher up. We never found out who. Good fun while it lasted!

Back to the Chinese...

The models we displayed looked quite real, but were mostly extruded plastic with some uneven or out of place mold lines and anomalies as a result. The fins on the Stinger, for example, weren't at all like the real thing because the real ones were considered sensitive (revealing design and performance, so we'd mask them, like draping a cover over a submarine propeller while in dry dock).

So the Stinger model fins were basic, straight, fatter and longer than the real ones, and one of the four on the back was shorter to accommodate the stand in the exhibit. That fin also had ridges on it (think Ruffles potato chips). Nothing at all like the real missile.

But the Chinese copied it and you could see this exact pattern on their early versions of the FN-6; three fat, long clunky fins and one shorter "Ruffles" fin. They figured "those Yankees must have designed those fins like this for a reason, we better just stick with the design". They probably caught on when the FN-6 started wandering off target due to the dissimilar airflow and lack of stability at Mach 2. Smile.

They were clearly not shy to copy exactly what they saw. Plenty of examples like this.

Parting note: thankfully tradeshow organizers and security now crackdown on this kind of blatant behavior and will confiscate cameras and have police escort them out of the show. It has tamped down a lot of it.



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